On the run
After the raid, Qi Ming says he wasn’t afraid, but he was nervous. “I was ready to be taken away. I was prepared for that,” he says.
Ministry partners encouraged Qi Ming to flee the country for the safety of his family. Reluctantly, Qi Ming agreed. His family packed all night and snuck out early in the morning and drove to the airport.
“Any minute, I was prepared to be arrested” Qi Ming shares.
At the airport, Qi Ming prayed this prayer with his family at a McDonald’s restaurant:
“God, maybe this is the last meal I will have with my family. So, if you take me, it is from your will. But if you protect me, I can see my kids grow up.”
Qi Ming and his family escaped just in time. The authorities were trying to find them—and even sent texts to Qi Ming’s phone while they boarded the plane.
This intense persecution has turned their lives upside down, but Qi Ming stays strong. “If you really believe in Jesus, [persecution] must happen in your life,” he shares. “It made our faith more real.”
Qi Ming’s story represents just one of the more than 260 million Christians around the world who experience extreme levels of persecution.
And they’re waiting on us to act.
This is your chance to strengthen the church—and it could make all the difference.
Thanks so much for your partnership in serving suffering believers around the world.
*This is the personal account of a Chinese Christian from a large house church in China. Persecution in China differs by region and church context. To learn more about China and what God is doing in and through His Church—visit ODUSA.org/China